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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of Gusto who also likes to write about movies and music. When the South Buffalo native isn't walking her dog, she is listening to mopey British music or watching Syfy or TCM.


IT TOOK more than three years for Toronto rockers Our Lady Peace to play Buffalo, and when it finally happened, it was as if three years of pent-up energy exploded for both the musicians and the audience.The Canadian quartet shook the sold-out Tralfamadore Cafe to its foundation Wednesday night in a dazzling display of aggressive rock music that was answered enthusiastical…

ENERGY LEVEL C.O. JONES C.O. Jones is redefining big-band music. The nine-piece rhythm machine, fronted by keyboardist Dave Schulz and guitarist Steve DeMarchi, uses a big-band format with musical elements of the '70s for a potent dose of fantastic funk."We're trying to bring back the high energy of '70s music with a '90s feel," says DeMarchi, whose band injects retro-…

It took more than three years for Toronto rockers Our Lady Peace to play Buffalo, and when it finally happened, it was as if three years of pent-up energy exploded for both the musicians and the audience.The Canadian quartet shook the sold-out Tralfamadore Cafe to its foundation Wednesday night in a dazzling display of aggressive rock music that was answered enthusiastical…

PROGRESS REPORT INSPECTOR 71 Scott Rothschild follows three rules as a musician: "Write good songs, play dynamically, and don't run with the crowd." Rothschild lives up to those standards with his newest band, Inspector 71.The modern-rock quartet recently released its second full-length cassette, "Someone Said," a diverse collection of styles and moods. Rothschild beli…

YOUTH MOVEMENT THE CONSERVATIVES The band on Nietzsche's stage was going full force, cranking out an energetic mix of power pop music backed by punk overtones. Singer T.J. Zindle of the Conservatives was playing his guitar in such a fury, the glasses flew off his face and across the stage as he kept playing.If it wasn't for the large X's drawn on their hands to signify…

It was billed as the "Kiss the Summer Hello" party, a concert with more than 10 acts including some of pop music's hottest performers. Yet Monday's Memorial Day concert at The Pier was more about finally kissing spring hello and letting the good times roll in the warmth of the sun.Blue skies, a light breeze off the water and balmy temperatures in the 60s put the jam-packed…

SMART SPIRIT LARGE There's a "Large" Renaissance movement around town dealing with music and the human spirit. It's found in the work of the rock trio Large, where brother-sister duo Shawn and Sandra Large and drummer Jim J. Jozens create music as an "alternative Renaissance rock band.""It's the second coming of the Renaissance period. People are thinking on a higher l…

STORM WATCH SCATTERED FLURRIES Scattered Flurries, celebrating the release of its second full-length CD, "Four Deep in the Snow," is a Buffalo rock quartet with a distinct style marked by a quirky beat, funky feel and strong rock base."Our music is a blend of all of our outside influences, but it's rooted in rock," says guitarist Rich Malenczuk. "We do our own thing an…

SAYING IT RIGHT ANIMAL PLANET Michael Lee Jackson has found his voice, and just like his guitar playing and the songs he writes, it's hard-rocking and passionate."I know how I wanted to hear my songs and I didn't have someone to sing it that way," Jackson says, discussing why he decided to sing vocals for the first time in his distinguished music career. "Vocally, I kn…

The first Western New York Music Festival ended its four-day run Sunday with plenty of enthusiasm and promises for a second year."I've had a lot of people ask me if the event is a success or a failure," an exhausted festival director Bill Hedrick said after it was over. "It depends on how you look at it. The clubs did very well. For the bands, it was fabulous. They were sw…

The first Western New York Music Festival ended its four-day run Sunday with plenty of enthusiasm and promises for a second year."I've had a lot of people ask me if the event is a success or a failure," an exhausted festival director Bill Hedrick said after it was over. "It depends on how you look at it. The clubs did very well. For the bands, it was fabulous. They were sw…

WORK ETHIC GOD'S CHILDREN God's Children has an infectious rock beat that doesn't need a cure, but still has the right "Medicine" to gain national recognition for the Niagara Falls band.The song "Medicine," off the band's "My Snake" CD, was in the Chevy Chase comedy "Vegas Vacation" and has been on "The X-Files" and "Lois & Clark." Other songs by the original rock quin…

It started with a spark and exploded into a disaster movie. Metallica's pyrotechnics extravaganza seemed to tragically disintegrate during the band's signature song "Enter Sandman" Tuesday night at Marine Midland Arena.A few stray electrical sparks drew concerns from stagehands who could be seen examining spots with flashlights. A large metal tower on the band's second sta…

"Mother" is a powerful word for Glenn Danzig.Just saying it once in a roomful of people can get the burly singer any reaction he wants.Tuesday night he was looking for a way to get a raucous start to his show at the Ogden Street Concert Hall, part of a hardcore triple bill.He got it.Much to the delight of the all-ages crowd, Danzig opened the concert with his biggest hit s…

"Mother" is a powerful word for Glenn Danzig.Just saying it once in a roomful of people can get the burly singer any reaction he wants.Tuesday night he was looking for a way to get a raucous start to his show at the Ogden Street Concert Hall, part of a hard-core triple bill.He got it.Much to the delight of the all-ages crowd, Danzig opened the concert with his biggest hit …